Automobilcorps


The First World War

Bajonet 98/05 "neuer Art"


The sidearms specified by regulations for the K.Kf.K  officers included the S98/05n.A. (neue Art – new style) and the Automobile Corps dagger.

The S98/05 specified was the new model with sawback. The bayonet was to be worn with a frog on the service belt. This bayonet was a formidable weapon with a total length in the scabbard of over 20 inches. The hilt had a two-piece dark wood grip scales protected by a muzzle flash guard on the back side. The grips had nine grooves as had the older model. The steel blade is 14.5 inches long and widens from 1 inch to over 1 ¼ inches near the point.

The sawback was manufactured with 30 double rows of saw teeth. Variations in the number of teeth exist numbering 21,24,29 or 30 teeth. The bayonet was worn in an all metal scabbard. Prinz Waldemer is pictured in this article wearing the neuer art 98/05. 

 

                                            
This bayonet was very popular and was produced by 24 different manufac­turers in Amberg, Bielefeld, Solingen, Erfurt, Schweinfurt and Suhl.  Mark­ings on the blade spine include the date and Crown W for Prussia and Wurt­temberg, Crown L For Bavaria and Crown FA for Saxony.

The sawback feature of this bayonet attracted a lot of international attention and a Prus­sian order of 3 December 1917 had the teeth removed. The weapon was then designated S98/05 S. abg.  K.Kf.K. regulations prescribed that offi­cers and NCO’s with portepee wear the silver knot with red and black stripes. Other NCO’s wore the white, red, and black stem, crown and acorn on a white saber troddel.

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The German Imperial Automobile Corps and its daggers - By Vic Diehl and H.Hampe